ThailandHotels to close as lockout looms

Phuket is the latest destination to lock the gates

By
|
Phuket tourism has taken a big hit from coronavirus.
Phuket tourism has taken a big hit from coronavirus. Photo Credit: lena_serditova/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

PHUKET – Fifty-two hotels in Phuket have announced plans to close due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, Thai Hotels Association (THA) chairman Kalin Sarasin has revealed.

The move comes as Phuket authorities prepare to enforce a ban on people and vehicles from leaving and entering the island.

Only vehicles transporting food and essential items, fuel, construction materials, medical equipment and rescue operations vehicles are exempt from the ban.

All ports and piers on the island also will be closed to all passenger boats arriving or departing. The closure of the bridges and piers will remain in effect at least until 30 April.

Phuket had a total of 53 Covid-19 infections, the provincial communicable diseases committee said on Sunday.

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI